Nadav Ovadia

    Grant Recipient
    • Music

    Lyon, France

    Born in 1993

    Nadav is one of the fery few musicians today researching historical european dulcimers (psalterion, tympanon, salterio..) and their uses in baroque, renaissance and medieval music, as a student of Margit Ubellacker (Frankfurt). Nadav has been accepted to study his Master degree at the Musique Ancienne department of CNSMD Lyon, studying with Yves Rechsteiner, Rolf Lislevand, Pierre Hamon and others.

    He has played the dulcimer in recordings and performed concerts in Europe, the Far East and Israel with Baroccade Baroque Collective and Naya Ensemble. With those groups,  Nadav was invited to record two Naxos-signed albums, “Latino-Ladino” – presenting baroque connections to Sephardic music and “Exaltation” – a collaboration of international musicians from the three monotheistic religions.
    Nadav was invited to add the unique colors of the dulcimer to baroque operas productions in Israel.

    Nadav is also a dominant young Israeli percussionist, as student of Tomer Yariv, and Alon Bor and a graduate of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music of Tel-Aviv University and Thelma-Yellin national high school of the arts (Givatayim, Israel).

    As a founding member of Tremolo Ensemble, a marimba and percussion quintet, Nadav has performed as a soloist with the major chamber orchestras in Israel and Ukraine, in recitals and concerts in Israel, USA, Central America and Europe, in general recordings and films soundtracks, theatre productions and in collaborations with leading musical acts in Israel and abroad.
    As a member of Tremolo Ensemble, Nadav won the Ödön Pártos Prize for excellent performance of an Israeli composition, on behalf of the Israeli Ministry of Culture for 2017.

    In the 2018-19 seasons only, Nadav performed and recorded in New York, Miami, London, Philippines, Croatia, Czech Republic, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, Ukraine and Israel.

    Nadav had performed in many radio and television programs including the BBC radio and Arte TV channel.


    Nadav has a great deal of experience playing in a variety of musical settings and genres.

    Since 2008, Nadav received scholarships from the AICF as a percussionist, and also a scholarship of excellence in the field of early music interpretation and dulcimer playing.


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